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Brian B
04-12-2012, 02:28 AM
I have heard quite a bit of talk in regards to tower swaps. I have some interest myself.

Post up yours, or any other Mastercraft tower retrofit pics! How involved was the swap, and cost?

Has anyone swapped just the top halve of a Zero Flex for the newer model with integrated board racks?

Brian B
05-08-2012, 01:21 AM
Can anyone tell me what this tower is called, or referred to?

Are X30's any wider than X10's?

http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af13/ghostpirte/RIver%203/IMG_1693.jpg

prostar205
05-08-2012, 01:28 AM
Brian -

That appears to be a 2005 X-30. The beam on that boat is 98 inches and should be the same as the X-10 of the same year. I don't think the beam of the X-30 and X-10 changed much from 1998 to 2005 (the X-10 disappeared in 2006).

My 2002 X-30 underwent a tower change from the original tower to the "new" 2005 tower with the swiveling board racks.

Here's a few pics.

petermegan
05-08-2012, 04:15 AM
Sorry Brian, Had to look several times before I saw that boat even had a tower :)

jafo9
05-08-2012, 08:12 AM
not sure if it matters but i think the x10 had a beam of 95" and the x30 had a beam of 98". these were specs listed for 2001 models which as mentioned above likely hold for the 98-05 models.

prostar205: that looks great. i'd love to do that to mine.

Brian B
05-08-2012, 01:27 PM
Yeah, that tower looks awesome on the X30 and Prostars might be the nicest X30 I have ever seen!

At any rate, that tower sweeps back and on a X10 I believe the tow point would be too far back and the tower and speakers would interfere with "walk room" from the sundeck area.....

jafo9
05-08-2012, 01:31 PM
bad pic, but here is an 05 X10 with the OEM tower.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2005-Mastercraft-X-10-99957348

Brian B
05-08-2012, 02:35 PM
^ Thank you!

Any input on where to begin my searching?

GT500 MC
05-08-2012, 02:44 PM
Sorry Brian, Had to look several times before I saw that boat even had a tower :)

x2....wow, nice.....this may get merged w/the swimsuit thread.

nickespi
05-10-2012, 04:22 AM
How did you do this swap? I've seen the tower build kit on ebay for sale, but it doesn't look like all the parts are there. Tower Build Kit (http://www.ebay.com/itm/MASTERCRAFT-554377-BOAT-05-WAKEBOARD-TOWER-BUILD-KIT-/200466824411?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item2eacc0fcdb&vxp=mtr)

RJY
10-08-2012, 04:34 PM
That is exactly what I want to do, where did you buy the new tower? I'm waiting for a quote back from a Mastercraft dealer. He ball parked the price at $8000, does that sound right?

welded
03-15-2016, 11:46 AM
has anyone been able to do this swap? I am trying to find info on this tower to locate one for my vrs 230. Any info would be appreciated.

welded
03-15-2016, 11:51 AM
i have found THIS just like someone else on this post but doesnt look complete. Not sure what else i would need?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/200466824411?item=200466824411&lgeo=1&ttle=Mastercraft+554377+Boat+05+Wakeboard+Tower+Bu ild+Kit&vectorid=229466&tc=US&rmvSB=true

Keith2230
03-15-2016, 11:57 AM
My 06' X30 has that tower as well and it's great. I had an 04' X30 with the old tower and it wasn't nearly as solid and forget about getting a bimini that fit really nicely. Ambitious project, best of luck!

kman
03-15-2016, 08:28 PM
i have found THIS just like someone else on this post but doesnt look complete. Not sure what else i would need?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/200466824411?item=200466824411&lgeo=1&ttle=Mastercraft+554377+Boat+05+Wakeboard+Tower+Bu ild+Kit&vectorid=229466&tc=US&rmvSB=true

Yeah, that kit is missing a lot of stuff. By the time you finish with all the fabrication, the board racks, speakers, and Bimini, you could have bought a really nice complete after market one.

kman
03-15-2016, 08:30 PM
Since this thread popped up. ☺

It's a work in progress.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g301/hunterk2001/x45/IMG_0697a_zpsa1e4723e.jpg[/URL]
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g301/hunterk2001/Mobile%20Uploads/20160220_153313_zps8sw4mpv5.jpg[/URL]

welded
03-18-2016, 09:24 AM
looks amazing! I wonder if your old tower is the same as the 05 x30 tower that I am wanting?

kman
03-18-2016, 06:41 PM
Thanks! It's been a lot of work.
It should be the same tower, however I'm not sure if it will fit your 99. The beam on the 05/06 x45 and x30 is 4 inches wider.
It could probably be manipulated, but don't know what that would do to the Bimini fitment.

willyt
03-23-2016, 10:31 AM
Kman - always been the understanding that the two point towers need a lot of fiberglass reinforcement where it's installed - how are you handling that?

Mastercraftdave
03-23-2016, 12:58 PM
Kman - always been the understanding that the two point towers need a lot of fiberglass reinforcement where it's installed - how are you handling that?

I had the power tower on my 2012 X45. they did have stainless steel backing on the inside of the hull.

kman
03-23-2016, 08:32 PM
I went a little overkill, but that's never a bad thing right? :)
I added fiberglass to level out the underside of the rails, then added 2.5x30x1/2 steel plates. That's suckers not going anywhere. With the plates, the top rail is around 1 1/2 inches thick.